Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases

by Ouelessebougou Alliance
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Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases
Vaccinate Children and Prevent NINE Diseases

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. The government is unable to provide vaccinations to all its children and infants, particularly in rural areas of Ouelessebougou. The Alliance provides vaccinations for children and infants in its partner’s villages to save life of thousands of children and pregnant women each year. In rural areas, some children still die before their fifth birthday celebration because of the preventive diseases, including measles, polio, yellow fever, tuberculosis, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and the flu. The Alliance vaccinates pregnant women in the Ouelessebougou region, which save mothers and babies’ lives.

What makes Ouelessebougou Alliance’s vaccination program in our villages is our Health Agents and Matrons. They know everybody in their villages including pregnant women, infants, and children, and are the main actors during vaccination period. They organize vaccinations with the Alliance staff and make sure children, infants and pregnant woman receive the vaccinations they need to prevent them from preventable diseases. Since they come from the same village, our Health Agents and Matrons know where to find those who do not show up for their vaccinations. The Alliance goal is for nobody to be left behind during the vaccination campaigns. These Health Agents have a strong relationship with their people, and villagers trust them because they are part of their communities and they are excited to serve.

The Alliance vaccination program helps villagers to save time and money. They do not need to worry about rides to reach the nearest clinics or walk several miles to see local doctors. Additionally, villagers have limited of the income sources, and most of them live on less than a $1 per day, which is the extreme poverty line. When their children do not get vaccinated, they get sick. As a result, they have to sell their family crops to pay for medical bills, which cause famine, malnutrition, and extreme poverty in their families. The Alliance vaccination programs enables villagers to save money for their children’s schooling, clothes, and food.

Our vaccination program is making a huge difference in our villages. It has an impact on children and women health in the Ouelessebougou region. Several women told me this in their villages: “because of the Alliance vaccinations, our babies and children death is reducing and we are saving money. Children and pregnant women who are vaccinated are healthier than those who are not vaccinated. Vaccinated children do not get sick much and do not miss classes because of illnesses, and they are physically strong. We would like other organizations in our villages to look at the Alliance work as an example of effective program which is saving lives every day.”

The Alliance vaccination is the best way to save children lives in rural areas, alleviate poverty, and give hope to healthy future generations. Thank you for your donation to our vaccination program. You are blessing the lives of many families in Ouelessebougou.

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On May 5, 2019, Ouelessebougou Alliance commemorated its 33rd year of partnering with the villagers in Ouelessebougou at our annual Gala Auction. Nearly 400 guests joined together to celebrate our mission, learn more about our programs and experience African culture. Guests had the opportunity to donate to our 2019 health and education projects during the live auction. Our "Fight Disease" project was introduced by Claire Johnson, a volunteer who travelled to Ouelessebougou during our expedition last November. She told the audience about her experience in the village of Djenfing, where she observed our immunization program. Mothers had waited several hours for the vaccinator to arrive from the city. Even though they had to wait, they were happy and grateful that their children would have the opportunity to be immunized. Mothers expressed their thanks and told her that they knew their children would have a chance for a healthier future because they were vaccinated from life-threatening diseases.

"For the cost of eating out a restaurant for lunch once a month, you can protect vulnerable children from illness and even death," Claire said. By contributing to the Alliance's vaccination program, you are making an investment in the children of Ouelessebougou. You are helping our tireless efforts to fight disease - one vaccination at a time. Please join us -- and the guests from the Gala Auction -- in donating to this important work. Together, we can protect children and make Ouelessebougou a healthier place for all.

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One of my favorite parts of visiting Ouelessebougou is seeing our vaccination program in action. This last November, I travelled to Mali to work with our local staff and one of the villages we visited was Djenfing. Like many of our villages in rural Ouelessebougou, it takes a long, hot and bumpy drive to get there but when you are greeted by happy, welcoming villagers the discomfort is quickly forgotten. They are eager to partner with the Alliance and work to solve the health problems of the village. 

The scene in Djefing isn't unique. It is common in all of our 25 villages. Village mothers will wait, typcially under a shaded tree, with their children in tow for the vaccinations to arrive from the Ouelessebougou hospital. Even if they don't have a child needing a vaccination, some will come join to socialize and support the other women. Sometimes the wait is long, but they are patient and content knowing how important the immunizations are for their children. 

"I know my baby can be healthy (because of the shots)," said a young mother Mariam. "I want her to grow up to be strong."

Thank you for giving these beautiful village children a healthy start. Your donations make all the difference. For only $5, a child in Ouelessebougou will receive vaccinations for nine life-threatening disease. The cost of a morning coffee or sandwich at lunch is all it takes to save a life.

We ask for your continued support as we work to reach our goalof raising $3,300 by the end of May 2019. This will give us the means to reach an additional 660 children before the rainy season. Please donate or help spread the word. Together we can improve the health of children in Africa.

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Waiting for their turn
Waiting for their turn

Any time our Utah staff travels to Ouelessebougou, we look forward to visiting a village that is scheduled to have the local vaccinator come and administer vaccinations to their village children. By the time we arrive in the village there is always a long line of mothers and their babies awaiting the chance to receive a life-saving gift. As travel to rural villages is difficult, not all villages receive vaccinations from the government; however, with your support the Alliance has been able to make vaccinations available to 25 rural villages.

Last year 8,418 children ages 0-5 were vaccinated from these nine life-threatening diseases: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, the flu and tetanus. 1,427 expecting mothers received maternal immunizations as well. 

Thank you for supporting the cause to improve the quality of life and save the lives of thousands of Malian children!

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It's a long, bumpy dirt road to the remote village of Farani. A crowd of mothers and their children wait patiently under a large tree and cheerfully greet the vaccination team when they arrive. Infants like Coulibaly receive his vitamin E drops and a round of vaccinations. He cries when he gets his shot, but his mother Sida is happy knowing that her son is being protected from life-threatening diseases. The Health Matron in Farani said, "Since Farani started receiving vaccinations, we have only had one infant death in several years." Village families have the peace of mind knowing their children can live happier, healthier lives.

Because of your support, children like Coulibaly have a chance for a healthy start.  Our vaccination program runs from October - June. Last year, 8,418 children ages 5 and under received immunizations in and around rural Ouelessebougou. This is only possible through the generosity of donors like you.Together we have brought health and hope to this corner of the world.

We envision a future where the children of Ouelessebougou will no longer suffer from preventable diseases, malnutrition or other devasting effects of poverty due to the lack of health or education opportunities. Thank you for investing in our programs and supporting our efforts to improve the quality of life for our village friends. 

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah - USA
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Judy Hut
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